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‘No connection’ found between Virginia attack and Massachusetts, state police say

Protesters stood in front of state troopers in attempt to block them in during Saturday’s chaos in Charlottesville, Va.

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Protesters stood in front of state troopers in attempt to block them in during Saturday’s chaos in Charlottesville, Va.

Massachusetts State Police said Saturday they haven’t found any local ties to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va.

In a statement, state police said, “We condemn the bigotry — and those who preach it — that sparked today’s violence.”

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Officials from the Commonwealth Fusion Center, part of the Massachusetts State Police Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness, confirmed they are investigating any connection between Massachusetts and the “apparent car attack on a group of people” in Virginia.

“If any confirmed suspects are determined to have any connection to Massachusetts, we will advise other law enforcement agencies and the public as necessary. To date no such connection has been found,” the statement said.

It also said, “Our prayers tonight are with the victims of this violence fueled by hate, as well as with the police officers and other emergency personnel who responded with professionalism and bravery to today’s events.”

Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaddieKilgannon.
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